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Assia Djebar among top three contenders for 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature

Assia Djebar among top three contenders for 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature

October 2, 2009

According to Reuters, Assia Djebar is among the top three contenders for the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature, along with Israeli novelist Amos Oz and American novelist and short story writer Joyce Carol Oates. The prize will be announced next Thursday.

For those not already acquainted with Assia Djebar, start with her titles published by Seven Stories Press:

Algerian White — A blend of fiction and memoir, tracing the history of radicalism in Algeria through the eyes of writers and thinkers murdered, but not silenced, by the regime.

The Tongue’s Blood Does Not Run Dry — Conversations between Djebar and ordinary Algerians encountered on the streets of Paris grow into intensely-detailed stories that blend the anti-female violence of modern fundamentalist Algeria with the rich, heightened themes of classical Arab literature.

So Vast the Prison — The story of a modern Algerian woman in a male-dominated society, played against the bloody history of Carthage in its decline.

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